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wild·card

or wild card  (wīld′kärd′)
n.
1. Games A playing card whose value can vary as determined by its holder.
2. Sports An athlete or team selected to compete in a tournament or playoff from among those who did not qualify by meeting the regular requirements.
3. Computers A symbol that stands for one or more unspecified characters, used especially in searching text and in selecting multiple files or directories.
4. Slang An unpredictable or unforeseeable factor: A surprise witness proved to be the wild card at the trial.
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"But they were announcing the wildcards today and didn't want to wait.
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We have a scheduled meeting on June 18 ahead of the championships to decide on wildcards.
'Some of the participants have pulled out from the event citing different reasons and we've included wildcards to complete the draw,' organising secretary Saleem Ahmed told Dawn.
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But while wildcards exist for players returning from injury, there is nothing for a return from a doping ban," he added.
On the considerations regarding wildcards, Brook added: "There are a number of factors taken into account which historically include looking at British players who we think might add interest to the Championships.
Rickie Fowler, JB Holmes and Matt Kuchar were announced by Davis Love as three of the four USA Ryder Cup wildcards yesterday.
George It has been unclear for months whether North would be captured by the law - or the WRU Senior Player Selection Policy as it is called - which allows Warren Gatland or Rob Howley to select only three non-Welsh-based players as wildcards.
Only three captured exiles can be picked as wildcards in the coming campaign and there are already four men definitely in that category - Harlequins centre Jamie Roberts (below right), Bath duo Taulupe Faletau (below left) and Rhys Priestland, plus Japan-based lock Dominic Day.
ANDY Murray believes players with "terrible attitudes" are "not deserving" of Wimbledon wildcards.
A whole host of rising Australian tennis youngsters have secured wildcards to participate in this year's Australian Open.